This online course offers a basic introduction to navigation and safety for anyone new to boating; sailors, powerboaters, sea anglers, divers and boat masters. Also useful for experienced dinghy and keelboat sailors and inshore racers. 

Course topics include; charts and publications, safety, engine checks, buoyage, tidal awareness, visual and electronic navigation, pilotage, rules of the road, anchoring, weather forecasts and passage planning. 

This course is the perfect stepping stone to the more in-depth Day Skipper shore-based course or to courses on the water such as the Start Yachting and Competent Crew and Day Skipper courses. It is also ideal for anyone contemplating a bareboat charter holiday or considering buying their own boat.  

The course is online, and students receive a pack which includes course handbook, dividers and training charts.  


Wynnum-Manly, Brisbane, QLD
  • Previous Experience

    No experience required!

  • Course Duration

    16 – 25 Hours

  • Certificate Upon Completion

    RYA Essential Navigation Certificate

An incredible adventure! The experienced owners Carly & Jamie of SCY were fantastic in booking & organising, the instructor was incredibly knowledgeable & professional, and the boat was amazing. Can’t rate Southern Cross Yachting highly enough- I’m already planning my next lesson
Jemma - July 2023 
Jemma - July 2023

Massive thank you to Jamie and all the staff and other instructors at Southern Cross Yachting! 10/10 experience from booking to sailing to instruction to food whilst onboard.
Absolutely one of the best things I’ve ever done and now I’m addicted to sailing!


A great place to learn all things about sailing, experienced Captains who are only to happy to answer any and all questions, a great experience,

Michael MacCormack 2021
Michael MacCormack

Well organized with a wonderful team and instructors. Completed my Comp Crew and looking forward to doing the Day skipper next.

N Dashti 2020
N Dashti

We were lucky enough to spend a day with Jamie on Moreton bay and can’t speak highly enough about it. Three of us with varied previous experience of sailing joined with a father and son to share in a day of learning the ropes. The day was tailored to our varied needs and at all times we were able to ask questions and glean experience from Jamie’s wealth of knowledge. We would highly recommend signing up for a course if you’re interested in getting back on the water after a hiatus. Thanks so much guys! It was a priceless day!

Maria Bukala 2021
Maria Bukala

What you will learn (Course Syllabus) 

This course gives a fantastic introduction and foundation knowledge of the following subjects in the RYA Essential Navigation and Seamanship syllabus: 

  • Charts, Publications and Terms 
  • Buoyage 
  • Navigation 
  • Safety 
  • Anchoring 
  • Tides 
  • Electronic Navigation 
  • Rules of the Road 
  • Weather Forecasts 
  • Pilotage 
  • Passage Planning 

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